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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 55

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August 15, 2012

  • Pixon Teaching Tip: Provide a hands-on experience to teach the concept and Pixon for “all” vs “some”.
    The Pixon for “all” has the family and is based on the metaphor of “all in the family”.
    Collect photographs of people in the person’s family. Put “all” of their pictures inside of a circle. Point at them and talk about having “all” the people in your family in the circle. Contrast this with “some” using 5 colored letters of s, with some placed inside the circle and some placed outside of the circle.

  • Intervention Planning: Create communication opportunities to encourage your person using Minspeak to use the words “some” and “all”. The question “how many” is another word you can teach while teaching “some” and “all”.

  • Teaching Materials Exchange: Learn to ask “how many”, “some”, and “all” using the book “Back To School”. It is coded with Pixons and icon sequences from Unity®45, Unity®60, Unity®84, and Unity®144. (Link to new material in August TME.)

  • Core Vocabulary Webinar: Gail Van Tatenhove will be doing a webinar entitled “Using Core Vocabulary in General Education Classrooms: Dealing with the Academic Vocabulary” on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 3:30 – 5:00 EST as part of the ATIA 2012 Online Webinar Series. Don’t miss this opportunity.

  • Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series: The next seminar series is September 11-13 and features Caroline Musselwhite as the guest speaker. October 16-18 will feature Gail Van Tatenhove. Go to the Minspeak website for more information and to register for an upcoming series.



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